Samsung limits the performance of its phones in over 10,000 Android applications

Samsung seems to continue to limit the performance of its top devices, despite the fact that in the past, the company has been accused of such practices. In fact, Samsung and Apple received fines for limiting performance, while OnePlus received criticism from users for something similar last year on the OnePlus 9 Pro. It seems that the Galaxy S22 series is not immune to these limitations either, and on the new OneUI 4 it is even harder to get rid of them.

Samsung phones may intentionally limit performance in certain applications

Independent users of Galaxy S22 smartphones have found that the game called Game Optimizing Service (GOS) is responsible not only for improving performance in games, but also for limiting the performance of the phone in other applications, whether or not it runs games. According to Twitter user GaryeonHan, GOS includes a list of over 10,000 applications in which phones cannot use their full processing power.

Applications such as YouTube Vanced, Strava, foodpanda, Microsoft Office, LinkedIn or Zoom are limited in performance, probably to provide greater autonomy in use. However, the Samsung software does not mention that they have limited performance, and some users would like to have the full performance of the phone.

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Interestingly, however, performance is affected in some video games, such as Genshin Impact, by limiting the display resolution and processor power during the game. Users would have expected an optimization service for a better gaming experience to increase gaming performance, not lower it.

Benchmarks are not affected

While performance is not limited to performance testing applications such as 3DMark or GeekBench, modifying application files to be identified as games in the Android operating system reveals a major difference in performance between the unlimited and the “optimized” version.

Thus, although users pay for the new Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 or Exynos 2200 processors, they will not necessarily offer improved performance, even if their capabilities are higher and the cooling system more efficient. In fact, users who have tested other Samsung models in the past say that on the new models, the performance limitation is even more aggressive on the newer ones.

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Rumor has it that once this information has reached the internet, Samsung has begun investigating these reports and may provide an official response soon.

source: Phone Arena

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